I just wanted to watch some TV on a Friday night, and my Amazon Firestick was stuck at a screen that says “Optimizing system storage and applications“. Why was it doing this, and how do I get it to stop? We’ll cover what this message means and how to fix it in this guide.
Why does this message appear?
The Firestick has a limited amount of internal storage to work with. Over time, it gets filled with apps and data. When storage gets low, the FireOS will attempt to automatically manage storage by moving data around. The “Optimizing system storage and applications” is displayed while the system is doing this.
How do I clear this message?
If the message has been on your screen for longer than 10 minutes, you may want to restart the Firestick. You can do this by pressing and holding the “Select” and “Play/Pause” button simultaneously for about 15 seconds, or by simply unplugging then re-plugging the power cable on the Firestick.
How do I prevent this message from appearing?
If the “Optimizing…” message constantly interrupts your Firestick usage, you will need to manually try to free up some storage space on the device. See if there are any apps you can do without, and uninstall them. You can do this by connecting a USB drive to the Firestick, and moving apps to it. This will free internal storage, and the FireOS will no longer need to try to manage it.
Message appears in reboot loop
I have seen some issues where the Firestick will display the “Optimizing…” message while it’s stuck in a reboot loop. The Firestick will display the message briefly on the screen before going black and restarting. When this happens, it is commonly caused by lack of power being delivered to the device. Ensure you are using a wall outlet to power your Firestick instead of a USB port on the TV. You can find out more about this problem in the post ‘Firestick Keeps Restarting‘.
I hope this post has helped you solve and understand what the “Optimizing system storage and applications” message is all about when you see it appear. Let me know if you need additional help in the comments.